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How to Master Time: 5 Steps to Living a Timeless and Powerfully Creative Life

How to Master Time: 5 Steps to Living a Timeless and Powerfully Creative Life | Unplug | Scoop.it
Mastering the precious commodity of time is not as much about the organization of time, but rather, it's much more powerfully about the attitude you hold about yourself and how this attitude affects every happening in your life....
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Number 3. on the list is, Be Present As Much As Possible. When we live hooked to life's distractions the present dissolves and the things of real value are missed.


Each day seems to be gone before we accomplish anything of substance when we avoid mindfulness and instead embrace more and more distractions.


I have a friend who told me with pride that his cell phone either vibrates or dings when he receives a new email. My friend is checking his email many times each hour. I had no response to his good news... Are you hooked on distractions more than you know? Think about it.


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Find 5 Extra Hours Each Day - Multitasking NOT Required

Find 5 Extra Hours Each Day - Multitasking NOT Required | Unplug | Scoop.it

When was the last time you complained there just weren’t enough hours in the day for all you wanted to accomplish? If you’re like me, it was recently. And if like me, you regularly run out of day at the end of your to-do list.

 

More importantly, what would you do with those additional 5 hours a day?


Would you spend them pursuing a dream? Working toward a goal? Doing something you love?

 

Well, the good news is that if you’re much like the national average, I can actually add another 4.8 hours to your life every single day. For free. And it won’t require DNA replacement therapy, magic, or becoming mentally ambidextrous.

 

That’s 34 hours a week, or 136 hours most months and 1,768 hours a year. That’s a whopping 8,840 hours in just 5 years’ time and 17,680 hours in a decade. And those of you on the downward slope of the average lifespan understand just how short a decade truly is!


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What would you do with an additional 5 hours each and every day?  Write a book? Travel? Sleep?

 

Well...here's one way to give yourself some more time. Turn off the TV. 

 

The average American watches up to 5 hours of television each day.  By simply turning off the boob tube, you can gain up to 1,768 hours each year. 

 

Even if you pull yourself away from the box for just 1 hour each day, that's still 365 hours of additional time annually.  That's equivelant to over 9 weeks of work. 

 

If your employer gave you a 9-week vacation each year, you'd take it right?

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:14 PM

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it.

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Multitasking and Distractions: The Web's Effect on Our Brains, Our Memories, and Our Time

Multitasking and Distractions: The Web's Effect on Our Brains, Our Memories, and Our Time | Unplug | Scoop.it
Multitasking is a common practice that many think increases their productivity but it really means that you have constant interruptions ... from yourself.


"Multitasking:  Some questions for you to ponder …

  • How do you relate to the internet?
  • What impact do you see its distractions, large and small, having on your attention, your recollection … and your life?
  • Do you ever unplug?
  • If you do, how does it feel?"
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Oh no not another post about multitasking!  Yes indeed, thoughts and studies about multitasking abound in the media and especially in blog posts of the internet.


In spite of what you coworker tells you multitasking still does not create an army of super efficient workers, what it does create is lots of tasks that are only half done or worse, completed at a low level.


On her blog Paula Eder shares her thoughts about multitasking and I think you find them well worth reading. She also includes a snappy short video about multitasking and our brains. Check it out.

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Add 34 Hours Back To Your Week

Add 34 Hours Back To Your Week | Unplug | Scoop.it
The average american spends 34 hours a week watching TV. That's over 1,700 hours a year watching television each week. Imagine what you can do giving up TV


"It goes back to easy versus right.  Surrendering to the television is easy. No effort and very little return.  Surrendering to work that matters and makes a difference is harder.  A lot of effort with a much bigger return."

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Are you spending over 1700 hours a year watching television? And what about the time spent texting or using apps on your smart phone? Or maybe web surfing is your choice.


It's possible when you add it all up most of us are spending well over 2000 hours a year indulging in passive entertainment.


Wow!

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10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Boost Happiness

10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Boost Happiness | Unplug | Scoop.it
Self-care doesn’t require hours of free time. In fact, just 10 minutes or less can help to boost your well-being. Below, experts share their tips for lifting


"7. Call a friend.

Most of us feel much better after talking our hearts out with a friend. Talking to someone who’s kind and caring actually activates the calming parasympathetic nervous system, Mininni said."

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Not enough time to be happy? There are moments and sometimes even days when stress and responsibility seem to take up every waking moment. When do we find time to relax and be happy?


Well this nice little article is chock full of ideas to do in 10 minutes that will improve your happiness levels.


Check it out and if you have your own 10 minute tips leave a comment.

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The Case for Slacking Off

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Doing nothing is socially unacceptable. That's why we're so afraid of it.


"The biggest problem we have in contemporary society is not that we do too little but that we try to do too much. All the pressures in the workplace and in the social domain are about collaborating, speaking up, stepping forward, leaning in —doing practically anything to be noticed and to get ahead"

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Are you afraid to slack off?

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Everyday Time-management Tips

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Sometimes trying to manage your time can backfire, and you become overwhelmed with time management. Here are some simple ways to get a head of your to-do list.
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I don't know about you but to me the idea of spending 40 hours to learn a complicated time-management system is not at all appealing.  Thinking about the daily charts to fill out, the videos to watch and trying to turn my brain into a living spreadsheet is not attractive.


Isn't the point to attain more focus along with getting more done so that we can reduce stress and enjoy our life more? How is having the wall filled with giant charts about time-management going to reduce our stress?


Well there are alternatives to the expensive and complicated time-management systems that strike dread deep in our minds. Robert Half has posted a simple overview that highlights 5 "humble yet effective tips" to help us use our time better. Give it look...

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Study: People Check Their Cell Phones Every Six Minutes, 150 Times A Day

Study: People Check Their Cell Phones Every Six Minutes, 150 Times A Day | Unplug | Scoop.it
While it seems as if people are constantly on their smartphones, it may not be so far from the truth, as new research suggests that people, on average, check their phones every six-and-a-half minutes.
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How many times a day to you think you check your cell phone?


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22 Signs You’re Dating Your Laptop

22 Signs You’re Dating Your Laptop | Unplug | Scoop.it
2. Even if you’re not looking at inappropriate content, when a nosey person comes up behind you and stares at your screen, you get defensive. It feels a lot like if someone walked in the bathroom a...
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Generally if you want to know if you are dating someone you only have to answer yes to a couple of simple questions.


Finding out if you are dating your laptop is slightly more difficult and so Christopher Hudspeth has created a fun list with 22 benchmarks for you to check out.


If you see yourself in more than a couple of these 22 signs it might be time to unplug and meditate for a while. But don't be distressed your laptop will be waiting for your return.

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10 Things To-Do When You Unplug (with images, tweets & vines)

Try something new or something you haven't done in a long while. Unplugging will help you discover some things you may have forgotten about. And unplugging surely will open up whole new avenues to you.
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craig daniels's curator insight, February 28, 2013 4:21 PM

I've yet to meet anyone who told me their life seemed to have more time in it than it used to have. Generally people talk about how they have less time and never seem to finish what they have to do within the time they do have.


Spending time on the internet offers an amazing array of tools and information to help you get things done easier and with more efficiently but, often when you look up from the computer monitor or from your smartphone the day has slipped away.


We all need to strike a balance between being online and being unplugged from the net. Unplugging doesn't have to be a draconian act where we experience withdrawals. Unplugging can be as simple as getting up from the desk and stepping outside for 10 minutes or maybe having lunch with friends with a no cell phone or tablet rule.


Check out the 10 things to do and for an ongoing info on unplugging check out www.iunplug.com anytime or if the irony is too great just read a book.